Girl of the Week: Leighton Meester

Leighton Marissa Claire Meester was born in April 9, 1986. Leighton is an American actress best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the TV show Gossip Girl.

After making her television debut when she was 13 on “Law & Order,” she got her breakout role in 2004 with a recurring role as the Britney Spears-like singer Justine Chapin on the hit series “Entourage.” She continued to work steadily with guest-star roles on series like “8 Simple Rules,” “Numbers” and “CSI Miami,” and has had recurring roles on popular series such as “24,” “Veronica Mars,” “Shark” and “House.” In addition, she had regular roles on “Tarzan” and “Surface.”

Meester made her film debut in the feature “Hangman’s Curse,” based on the best-selling novel by Frank Peretti. She also recently starred in the independent film “Flourish” with future “House” co-stars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, and in the drama “Inside.” Meester’s upcoming feaure films roles include the dramedy “The Beautiful Ordinary,” the horror/comedy “Drive-Thru” and the thriller “Dead of Night.”

Raised in Marco Island, Florida, Meester became interested in acting when she appeared in a local production of “The Wizard of Oz.” When she was 11, she moved with her family to New York City and soon after began working as a model with Wilhemina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Webber and working with then photographer Sophia Coppola.

When not on the set, Meester passionately pursues her talent for music and creative writing. She has recorded a song for the soundtrack of her upcoming film “Drive-Thru.” She currently resides in New York

Fun Fact: Leighton is a natural blonde.

Secret Wish: That being her last name, Meester – dutch for master or teacher – she can give us a private lesson


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